South African midfielder May Mahlangu epitomises the phrase from rags to riches as the 'ghetto boy' rose from poverty towards the riches of European football.
Mahlangu, 31, is widely considered as one of the most unique talents that PSL football fans have been deprived of over the past decade, having spent his entire professional career abroad since leaving Alexandra United in 2008.
Having made a name for himself with traditional Allsvenskan giants Helsingborgs, the technically gifted midfielder won every trophy on offer in Swedish football and the 2011 Player of the Season award in a league-winning campaign.
After leaving the club at the back of five successful seasons, he's embarked on a nomadic journey that's taken him to the top-flight leagues of Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria and now Kazaksthan where he stars for Ordabasy.
Life of a baller abroad
The decision of the Stars of Africa academy graduate to not ply his trade in the NFD or Absa Premiership has certainly boded well for his bank account as he often shares his extravagant lifestyle on social media to inspire his fans.
From the dusty streets of Embalenhle, the 'boy from the ghetto' – as he often refers to himself – has created a lavish environment for his family through relentless dedication and determination to succeed in foreign territories.
Two blessed BMW gang
From building his dream home to designer clothing, Mahlangu, who could be mistaken for a Gucci ambassador at times, has also spoiled himself and his missus with his-and-hers matching BMW 2 Series Coupes, which can be seen in the gallery above.
The price for these stunning vehicles range between R580 000 and R863 000 according to the official BMW price list.
Did you know?
Mahlangu has made 324 career appearances in top-flight European leagues.
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